bile acid

noun

Definition of bile acid 

: any of several steroid acids (such as cholic acid) of or derived from bile

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The bed of excrement also contained unusual levels of bile acids and fatty compounds found in the digestive tracts of horses and ruminants. Smithsonian, "How (and Where) Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?," 29 July 2017

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circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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bile acid

noun

Medical Definition of bile acid 

: any of several steroid acids (as cholic acid) that occur in bile usually in the form of sodium salts conjugated with glycine or taurine

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